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Everytown, Oregon Moms Demand Action Declare Victory for Gun Safety as Gun Sense Champion Kate Brown Wins Re-Election in Governor’s Race


SALEM, Ore. – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, today declared victory in re-electing long-standing gun sense champion Gov. Kate Brown.

Moms Demand Action volunteers and gun violence survivors knocked doors and phonebanked for Kate Brown and other gun sense candidates across Oregon, while Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund contributed $750,000 in support of Gov. Brown’s candidacy.

“Kate Brown is the gun-sense champion Oregon deserves — a proven fighter for laws to keep firearms away from people with dangerous histories, said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “In re-electing Brown, Oregonians will continue to lead the nation in putting the safety of our families first.”

“Today, Oregonians elected gun sense champion Kate Brown to serve another term as governor,” said Hilary Uhlig, a volunteer with the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms Demand Action volunteers like me gave our time to re-electing Gov. Kate Brown because we know she’ll keep doing all she can to keep Oregon families safe.”

“Today, we stood up for gun violence survivors by re-electing gun sense champion Gov. Kate Brown to the highest office in the state,” said Doreen Dodgen-Magee, whose sister-in-law, Laura, and three nieces, Sarah, Rachel and April, aged five, three and six months, were shot and killed by Laura’s husband and their father in September 1995. “I’m proud to be a part of this movement, and I am proud of my state for re-electing Kate Brown, who has proven time and again she’ll do everything she can to prevent tragedies like what my family experienced from happening again.”

Gov. Brown has prioritized gun violence prevention legislation. In 2018, she signed a bill to close the “boyfriend loophole,” so that abusive dating partners are prevented from having guns, and convicted stalkers are prohibited from buying or possessing guns. In 2017, Gov. Brown signed into law life-saving legislation empowering family members and law enforcement officers to petition courts for temporary orders to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others.

Additionally, in 2016, Gov. Brown signed an executive order requiring state officials to alert local law enforcement when an individual who is prohibited from purchasing a firearm attempts to buy one illegally and fails a background check. And in 2015, she signed legislation closing the background check loophole in Oregon.

Leading up to the midterm election, Everytown and Moms Demand Action volunteers in Oregon had more than 3,400 conversations at doors and 11,000 conversations during phone calls for gun sense candidates.